Soon to be launched, Treezilla is an exciting new citizen science project that everyone from school children to university students and the general public can get involved with. Learn about your local trees, discover which species are growing in your street and the ecosystem services they provide.
For a sneak preview of what's happening on Treezilla go to:
This new system calculates the ecosystem services provided by each tree e.g. how much pollution they remove from the air. We are starting to add information from existing tree databases, turning some towns into arboretums - have a look at Walsall for an example.
This big, bold idea aims to grab the attention of the general public, and young people in particular, and through this to involve them in environmental citizen science.
There are more features on the way for Treezilla, but the site is available for anyone use. If you are interested in mapping the trees in your area, and finding out just what it is that trees do for us, give it a try! And please help us spread the word about Treezilla, especially now that spring has at last started and it is becoming easier to identify the trees.
If you'd like to help the project by becoming an 'advanced user' on the site, with a role in checking and editing the data that is being added, please contact Treezilla.
Treezilla is a project from the OpenScience Laboratory, an initiative of The Open University and The Wolfson Foundation.